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The Perfect Tech Gift for Dad’s this Father’s Day! @BestBuy @SamsungMobileUS #GearRV

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Father’s Day is one of the hardest holidays to shop for in my family.  My dad and husband both have everything so trying to find something they don’t have yet and will love can be a stressful.  However not this year!  Thanks to Samsung and Best Buy, I have found the prefect Father’s Day gift, the Gear VR!

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Finally Enjoying MY HDTV Without Wires! #BBYactiontec

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
When decorating and setting our electronics one of my biggest pet peeves is having wires everywhere.
I never realized this was annoying, growing up my dad always had them either hidden behind drywall or neatly zip-tied behind strip covers.  Back then I remember having the big stereos with the two speakers on each side and the thin wire connecting them in my room.  I have a vivid memory of my mother saying “why don’t you put this frame here and it’ll hide the wires”  my teenage self thought she was crazy and probably made some rude comment to get out.
Then I moved in with my now husband, a man that grew up on a farm in Brazil.  Let’s just say every time we bought a new piece of electronics our neighbors could here me horrified as my mothers voice poured out of mouth.  “Why are the wires everywhere?”, “That looks so cluttered and dirt!”, one time my pour husband not understanding the issue at all even tried to paint the wires to our surround sound speakers so “they would blend in with the wall”.

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Getting Things Done with A Faster Smarter Web Browsing App

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MoboTap. I received a PayPal incentive to thank me for my participation. All opinions and reviews are my own.
As a busy mom, I am always looking for ways to get things done faster and more conveniently.  Like most moms, one of the ways I get everything accomplished is by doing as many things on the go as possible.  My phone is my life line when it comes to getting things done, I am able to shop, pay bills, work, reschedule appointments, and more right from my phone, whether I’m sitting at dance practice or in at a doctors office.  Because I use my phone for so many aspects of my everyday mommy life, I love finding new apps that help me get things done smoother and faster.
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How I am Staying Prepared this Winter While Cutting My Bills!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SnowCast for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you ever been blind sided by a snow storm?  I was last week, and it wasn’t fun!  
We have decided to go without cable until our move over the summer in an attempt to slim down our bills and avoid getting locked into a 12 month commitment which would result in a hefty cancellation fee when we move out of state.  

Over the last month this decision seemed to transition smoothly, with all the great subscription services to choose from we easily cut our bill by over 75%.  However I didn’t think about the weather report while making this change.  I’m a New Englander, I am used to crazy weather.  I can wake up with the heat pumping, switch it over to air conditioning before my coffee is finished and switch it back and forth more times than I can count during the course of a day.  Unfortunately the beginning of this winter had me spoiled.  After last years winter filled with what seemed to be a blizzard every week, I somehow thought we were squeaking by this winter without being snowed in.  It is only February but the 70 degree temperatures left me thinking spring was right around the corner and I had pulled all the kids snow gear out for nothing this year.  Well the joke was on me, because last Thursday night I got a phone call saying schools would be canceled Friday because of the impending storm.  WHAT?  Friday was my planned grocery shopping day, Lilly still needed boots, and I was home alone with 3 kids at 8 o’clock at night!  
Now I’m not the crazy person standing in line at the store with bottled water and bread after the thought of a few inches of snow, but being stuck in the house for a couple days with 3 kids and no snacks or hot chocolate sent me into a mini panic attack.  I ended up dragging three kids out to the store, which I always avoid at all costs, and grabbed what we needed to get everyone excited about the snow.
 

Luckily while stuck in the house during our unplanned snow day, I learned about the SnowCast app.  The SnowCast app is a great app that I quickly downloaded onto my iPhone, it instantly calculated my location, and now is able to tell me when it will snow and how much we will be getting.  I can easily pull up the app and see not only if we will be getting snow, but also how much and when it will start up to 48 hours in advance.  Plus it sends me alerts for NOAA winter weather warnings and advisories, so I will never be blindsided by the lovely New England weather again.
Which was put to the test when mother nature decided to give us a pre winter vacation 4 day weekend, with a second snowstorm on Monday.  Thankfully I knew about the storm as we were digging out from Friday’s storm and was able to run back out for cereal and movies on Sunday while the kids built snowmen with Daddy.
 

This IOS app cost $2.99 in the app store and the fact that it will save me from unexpectedly having to drag three tired kids shopping the night before a storm again, makes it worth every penny!

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Make the Switch to Sprint and Save 50% ~ Plus a Giveaway! 2 Phones, 2 Winners!

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I have had so much fun being a Sprint Mom and learning about all the ins and outs of different Sprint products and plans.  Today I learned about the launch of Sprint’s new LTE Plus Network which is performing faster than both Verizon and AT&T.
To celebrate the new launch Sprint is introducing the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history!  Sprint is offering plans at 50% off the price of most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile mobile rate plans.
New customers who switch to sprint between November 20th and January 7th 2016, will get this special 50% rate until January 2018!
When switching to Sprint you can get a new phone through Sprint Lease, iPhone forever, Installment billing or by paying full retail price.  All of these are great ways to budget out a new cell phone, however I have another great way.  Enter to win one of the cell phones below!
Giveaways!
Both Giveaways End: January 1st, 2016
Disclosure: Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States.
Enter to win a HTC One A9 from Sprint
The HTC One A9 is a beautifully sleek phone that offers the latest features from Google’s Android:
– Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow 
– Multi-directional fingerprint scanner
– Android Pay
– New power saving capabilities to maximize battery life
-13 MP rear camera
– Optical Image Stabilization
– Expandable memory with MicroSD memory slot

Enter to win a HTC Desire 626s from Sprint Prepaid
The second phone we are giving away is the HTC Desire 626s, a great smartphone that gives you the benefits of a prepaid phone.
– 5 inch, 720p, HD touch screen display
– Android 5.1
– 8 megapixel rear facing camera
– Great value with total flexability 
– Plans available that include unlimited data, talk, and text

Guitar Hero Live for XBox 360! #HolidayGiftGuide

Product sample was submitted for review, all opinions are my own.

 About Guitar Hero Live:
GuitarHero Live is a fun game that’s not only fun for the entire family, it can place
everyone into a live concert. Your friends and family become the band, and
experience a live first person view of the audience as you perform on real
guitars. You become the rock star as you interact with the audience. But you’d
better play your best, as that can affect the audience feedback.

Guitar
Hero Live is the new release on XBox360, increasing the musical experience from
the first Guitar Hero. Guitar Hero Live allows you to try playing the smaller
clubs first, to get experience. Then when you’re ready, you get to rock it out
at two major outdoor music festivals. 

Experience
Rock the Block in Boulder City, and SoundDial in the UK. Rock the Block is
beginning to take center stage as the most popular outdoor music fest in the
USA. Each year it becomes larger, and encourages the audience to join in.
SoundDial is the largest outdoor music event in the UK, with about 300,000
visitors each year. The audience can experience music in the lovely English
countryside, and people of all ages and walks of life attend.

Guitar
Hero Live allows two different ways to play. You can play as a band with a real
crowd and live interaction. Or you can play GHTV, with its music video network.
While you can play Guitar Hero Live without an internet connection, if you
choose to play on GHTV you will require one.
The
library of music videos is constantly growing, so players will never grow
bored. GHTV allows for a continual broadcast of music videos. This enables you
to play your guitar controller and be the main star. There are hundreds of
music videos available, and the manufacturer is constantly adding new ones.
GHTV has two different channels that work twenty-four hours a day. There is
also additional game play where you can unlock premium shows, brand new videos,
live concert footage of your favorite bands, and many other prizes.
Players
will have access to hundreds of songs on Guitar Hero Live, and more are being
added constantly. Guitar Hero Live also offers the option to play it live on
your smart phone, tablet, or other select devices. There are a variety of
different music genres, so the music lover will find plenty to enjoy.
In
the box you’ll receive a Guitar Hero controller. It features six different
buttons, that are presented into a two row design. Each set of buttons takes
you up to a higher level. Beginners can easily start learning with three button
play. For masters, they can use all six buttons for more challenging play.
GuitarHero Live for XBox 360 retails for around $90, making it an affordable
addition to your game play.
 
What We Think:
If
your family loves live concerts they can take center stage and have fun placing
themselves into live concerts with the Guitar Hero Live for XBox 360 gaming
package.
This is a great game for the whole family, my kids loved it.  Lilly and Anthony my two music lovers thought the idea of playing a guitar on stage in a game was the most fascinating thing ever.  However the fun didn’t stop with the kids,  My husband can’t get enough of jamming out on Guitar Hero Live with his brother and nephews.  Plus my parents have watched the kids play and have said time and again that they cant wait to play it while spending Christmas with us.
This is definitely a great game for so many age ranges, and blast to play!  Make sure to add it to your holiday shopping list for the gamer in your life!
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Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack Review #HolidayGiftGuide

This product was submitted for review by Activision, all opinions and stories are my own.
If you have a Skylanders fan in your family, then you probably know there is a new game out.  My boys are huge Skylanders fans.  It started years ago when my mother bought Anthony the original game “Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure”.  From that random gift spun a love for this video game that has had us at the store on countless weekends spending allowance money on every Skylander he could get his hands on.  From there, came Skylanders Giants, Trap Team, and Swap Force and over the years Anthony’s passion for the game rubbed off on his little brother Aidan.
Now we are reviewing Skylanders SuperChargers and as you can imagine I have some pretty excited boys on my hands.
About Skylanders SuperChargers:
Pilot an unstoppable fleet of incredible vehicles and save Skylands! 

The theme of the game:
Kaos has unleashed his most evil weapon yet – the Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction. With all of Skylands on the verge of collapse, a special team called the SuperChargers has been assembled to pilot an unstoppable fleet of incredible vehicles. Now you and the SuperChargers must embark on epic adventures over land, under sea, and through the sky to stop Kaos and save Skylands!

Features:
Single-player Adventure Mode

New online multiplayer race and co-op modes. 
Local offline 2-player head-to-head racing in split screen
 Online competitive racing with up to 4 players playable in land, sea, and sky environment
Voice chat can be activated with friendsNintendo guest stars Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser
 


What the Kids Say:

“This is a really cool, the best part of this game version is being able to race”.
The kids have been loving the different vehicles available and the new Skylanders.

Like past Skylanders games, This was a huge hit in our family and a definite thumbs up!
A perfect addition to the Holiday Gift Guide!  If you have a young gamer on your list, make sure you pick up Skylanders SuperChargers.

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Getting Stuff Done with the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Sprint! #SprintMom

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received product to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
My newest tech love is the Samsung Galaxy Note5!  
If you know me, you know I love taking notes, the notes section of my phones is jam packed with everything from a grocery list to the next date a dermatologist will be at the salon I go to.  Everything I think I might need to remember, ends up in the notes section of my phone, and the Galaxy Note5 is so perfect for me.  I am obsessed with the S Pen that has made putting notes on my phone faster and easier than any of my previous phones.

Weather I am using the S Pen as a stylus to press on the keypad or as an actual pen to write on the screen, this phone makes the entire process so quicker.
Of coarse the note taking feature is my favorite, however as a busy mom who is always on the go and a blogger who is constantly thinking about new content and taking photos of everything, the Galaxy Note5 has streamlined everything I need.
The 16 megapixel camera takes awesome pictures with burst shot, 8x zoom, LED flash, and panoramic features.
Then once I want to transfer my notes and photos to my other devices so that I can create a blog post with them, I can easily do so with the SideSync 4.0 feature.  This helps me feel so much more productive, when I can sit down to my computer and already have everything I have saved to my phone during the day waiting for me.  I now feel so much more comfortable working while out and about, sitting in the car waiting for sports practices to end and sitting in waiting rooms at the doctors.
I’m also excited to learn about Sprint Global Roaming.  We visit Brazil a lot and loosing cell service is one of the hardest parts of our trip.  My family and friends worry about us, while being unable to reach me.  Plus I am suddenly completely unconnected which hinders my ability to work, and I am usually always working while traveling.  I am psyched to be able to take advantage of this service during our next trip.
This phone is amazing, Right?
Well Amazon has a deal that will make it even more Amazing!
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 Amazon Prime Promotion:
New and existing customers that purchase and activate a Samsung Galaxy Note5 by Nov. 30 get a year of Amazon Prime for free!  That means you can get even more things done on the go.
Amazon Prime customers get unlimited free 2 day shipping on more than 20 million items, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes with Prime Video, access to ad-free streaming of over a million songs including thousands of curated playlists and personalized stations with Prime Music, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and much more this holiday season and the year after.
This Amazon promotion makes the Samsung Galaxy Note5 with Sprint the perfect phone for all my work and fun needs.

Stay Connected with Arlo Smart Indoor/Outdoor Wireless HD Security Cameras by Netgear! #BBYConnectedHome

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

We started letting our oldest stay home alone for short periods of time, gasp, I am totally freaking out at the thought the he is already at that age!  We live on a quiet cul-de-sac, where all the neighbors watch out for each other, but still the thought of him coming in off the bus on his own is a bit scary for a mommy who’s learning to let go a little.  So it must have been fate that Best Buy sent me these Arlo Cameras to try.

When the box first came, I was a bit intimidated.  While I love every tech gadget I can get my hands on, I am not capable of setting anything up.  I would probably screw up setting up our DVD players if it was left to me, and while I love my husband, he isn’t the most visual person when it comes to decor and wires.  So I was nervous about how these would look, However I was so ecstatic once we got things out and up.  They are small and sleek looking, with no wires.  They simply attach to these little magnetic holder you place on the wall or ceiling.  The set up was so easy.
Once we had them set up everywhere, we downloaded the app and got busy connecting the devices.  I have them linked to my phone and the camera’s are motion activated so when they are activated I was able to choose to receive a text alert.  The camera also records for 10 seconds up to 2 minutes and then saves the recording for a week.  As a mom who is often alone at home while my husband is working and now allowing my son to stay home alone, this has given me incredible peace of mind!  This has to be the easiest home security system I’ve seen.
Some other awesome features:
  • Downloadable apps enable you to view live video from your compatible Android, Apple® iOS, Amazon Kindle, Windows or Mac device.    
  • Completely wire free, for use inside and outside – weatherproof for temperatures ranging from 14° to 122°
  • Enables you to capture 720p video footage both during the day and at night , with a 130° field of view
  • Motion-activated design automatically records motion once detected, sending e-mail or app notifications
  • Comes with 6 magnetic camera mounts and 9 mounting screws, for easy installation on a wall or flat surface
  • Works with other Netgear products
 This money saving 4 pack set is only available at Best Buy!  A great value at $499.99. 

We have our Arlo System connected with the new Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter, which is exclusively at Best Buy.  This Router is the cream of the crop.  Our house requires ALOT from a router, we have 5 computers, a wireless printer, 3 iPads, 6 cell phones, 2 internet boxes connected to TVs and now a security camera system.  When everyone in the house is on a device, or 2, we would always experience a slowdown in our internet speed or even worse it would shut off and I would have to stop everything to try and refresh our router and modem.  Since setting up the Nighthawk I have not seen our internet speed decline at all and have not needed to refresh the system once.  It is amazing!  The little kids can be streaming movies while my oldest is skyping his uncle and I’m working with no internet interruptions.  The Nighthawk system is a must for every tech loving family!
The Great Features:
  • The AC1900 comes with one DST, or “Dead Spot Terminator,” adapter – to eliminate your Wi-Fi dead zones; place it in an area where you get little/no reception, to improve Wi-Fi access. Additional adapters can be purchased for other dead zones.
  • This high-performance router was built to support 10+ connected devices – you can also prioritize devices for streaming videos or music, and included advanced features for lag-free gaming
  • Best Buy makes it easy with this new high performance Wi-Fi router, which includes a Wi-Fi extender and Geek Squad Set Up and Support via phone & web, for one full year.
  • The Geek Squad service via phone & web allows customers to call or get help 24/7 whenever they want, vs. the need to schedule an appointment.
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The New Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 laptop at Best Buy

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, all opinions are my own.
As I’ve told you before, Best Buy is my go to store for electronics, this includes all my computers.  As a writer and work at home mom, I spend endless hours on my laptop.  Not only do I use it for writing, blogging, and social media, my laptop is also how I am able to communicate with family living out of state and even out of the country.  I store all my kids pictures on it and pretty much run my house holds schedules, health plans, and budget from my laptop.  So needless to say, I am always excited to see a new laptop come out with more features to make it run smoother and make my life easier.

Toshiba has a new PC that I’m crushing on.  It is the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 and it is available at Best Buy at the perfect time, with the Windows 10 launch and holiday shopping starting.
So what are the features that have me considering putting the Satellite Radius 12 on my Christmas wishlist?
1. It is the first 12.5″ convertible laptop with a 4K Ultra HD display.  I have been considering investing in a 2-in-1 laptop for some time now.  I am always second guessing myself on whether to bring my tablet or laptop places, and in the end usually decide to lug both around.  Having a 2-in-1 would simplify my life.  Plus with all the photo and video editing I do the 4K Ultra HD display sounds like another amazing feature.
2.  This laptop was also designed with color accuracy in mind.  So what is shot with the camera can be viewed with same color fidelity.  This will make editing a breeze.
3.  The Satellite Radius 12 was designed for Windows 10.  This makes it one of the first small screen PC’s that has facial authentication with Windows Hello enabled.  It also runs on Intel’s 6th generation Core processors.  This means this laptop can deliver maximum mobile performance, something content creators and multi-taskers need.
4.  It’s pretty, this probably shouldn’t be on the top of my list when investing in a laptop but I want this device I spend 8 hours a day on and carry everywhere to look pretty.  The Satellite Radius 12 is sleek and compact, with an LED back-lit keyboard.  It also features a Gorilla Glass damage resistance screen, which gives this mom peace of mind.
5. There are 5 unique viewing modes.  A 360 degree hing enable greater flexibility as the screen rotates to the right view for every occasion!

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